A China Romance: Dream Idyll of Southern Waters and Mountains

September 7-18, 2014

Join us on an exclusive University of Chicago Alumni and Friends departure for a fascinating exploration of China's magnificent history and culture, and witness firsthand the changing dynamics of modern China on A China Romance: Dream Idyll of Southern Waters and Mountains.

• In colorful Beijing, discover the stunning imperial architecture of the Temple of Heaven and the Forbidden City. Take in the sweeping views along the Great Wall at Mutianyu.

• Fly to Guilin to experience southern China's effusive charm. Immerse yourself in its sublime landscape of mountains, rivers, and cascading rice terraces. Visit with local villages for a sense of authentic rural life.

• Explore Hangzhou, the most inspiring synthesis of modernity and nature in Asia. Stroll the lovely lake and exquisite gardens, visit a tea plantation, and explore the grand architectural compound of the wealthy Qing Dynasty merchant, Hu Xueyan.

• Finally, soak in the cosmopolitanism of Shanghai, the city that busies itself with shaping China's future.